This is a spiritual practice. It has been given to Humanity so it might be able to respond to the growing planetary necessity for Human Unity and Cooperation. We are encouraged to undertake Steps to Knowledge. This site is a simple aid to introduce people to this practice. There is much more to learn for anyone who becomes a student. As a Steps student since June 27, 1999, I am a witness for its benefit. Tom Christoffel
In stillness all things can be known. Step 285 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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stillness all things can be known. Step 285
STILLNESS ALL THINGS CAN BE KNOWN, for the mind is able to respond to
Knowledge. Then, Knowledge will find expression in your specific thoughts and
activities. Your mind was meant to serve Knowledge, as your body was meant to
serve your mind. In this, the contribution from your True Home is able to
express itself in the world of exile. Here Heaven and Earth touch, and when
they touch, true communication begins to exist, and the transference of
Knowledge is made into the world.
ARE PREPARING TO BECOME A VEHICLE FOR KNOWLEDGE so that all things that you
accomplish, great and small, unique and mundane, will express the presence of
Knowledge. Therefore, your function in the world is not grand; it is simple. It
is what is expressed through your activity that is important, for the simplest
action done with Knowledge is a great teaching of Knowledge and
will impress and affect all minds in the world.
REMIND YOURSELF UPON THE HOUR TODAY of the importance of cultivating stillness
and the immediate freedom from anxiety and conflict that it provides for you.
Allow your deeper practice periods today to be times of true devotion, where
you come to the altar of God to give yourself. This, in essence, is the true
church. This is the true chapel. This is where prayer becomes real and where
your mind, which is an expression of God’s Mind, in stillness, humility and
openness, yields itself to its great source. In this, God blesses you and gives
to you a gift to give to the world which is the result of your own development.
THIS IS TRANSPIRED IN STILLNESS, for in stillness the transference of Knowledge
can be completed. This is absolutely natural and totally beyond your
comprehension. Therefore, you need not spend energy and time speculating about
it, wondering about it or trying to comprehend its mechanism. This is not
necessary. It is only required that you be a recipient of Knowledge. Do not
stand apart and attempt to understand it.
NOT STAND APART TODAY BUT ENTER STILLNESS, for this is God’s gift to you. In
stillness the transference of Knowledge will be made. With this, you become a
vehicle for Knowledge in the world.
285: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
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If this is your first time seeing one of the “Steps to Knowledge”,
then welcome. There are 365 Steps, daily spiritual practices if one seeks to
complete them in a year, but that is not necessary. They can be used by people
of any religious tradition or no religious tradition. They will help one to
become mindful in the world.
The Step today is from the book: Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing. The practices were
brought to the world through Marshall Vian Summers, The Messenger for The New Message
From God. Important background for the Steps is in: “Greater Community Spirituality” and the “Wisdom Books - I and II”.
Hard copies are available from the New Knowledge Library Store. The
Society for the New Message from God also has a Free Book Project. If you need
the books now, PDF files can be found here: http://goo.gl/RJuuGP
Keeping a journal is recommended. If you have a Steps book,
write your reactions and comments, highlight or underline points that strike
you, and date the note. In this way, your Steps book can be a partial journal.
Using the PDF, you can print out pages as you need them, or use
the software to maintain a digital copy where you can enter notes and highlight
text that stands out.
Other modern methods of keeping a journal include having a
document on your PC or phone to keep notes. You could send yourself an email or
use the voice recorder function. It is important to capture insights and
reactions because it is by this means that you can understand change. Sometimes
it may just be a word or short phrase, an image or a scene.
To end this post I again offer the blessing: "May the
presence of the Teachers be with you." In the invocative language of
Knowledge this blessing is: "Nasi Novare Coram" (pronounced NAH-see
The short form of Nasi Novare Coram used by students is NNC.
P.S. Often it takes 18 months to get through the Steps once. For
this blog, the pace is one-a-day, but it really makes no difference how fast
you do it, only that you begin, persist and repeat. Posts linked above provide
a trail that may let you have a virtual companion when and if you want one. One
may have to study alone, as I did in the beginning. There are other Steps
students blogging their experience and you might find a person more like you as
a companion, or use a number of such Steps journeys.
Doing Steps with only the texts, messages and your life
experience, including what you may have studied and practiced is your journey.
I’m showing Step comments after the Step, so as not to influence anyone in
advance. It is a wilderness trek to be left to your own wits, but then you can
also listen more closely for guides, angels and teachers, always first saying:
“I surround and protect myself with the Love and the Grace of God.” Thankfully,
I was taught this practice in 1989.